Shrewsbury charity bosses delighted with support for trek challenge.

A Shropshire-based charity is expecting dozens of people to turn out when it hosts its first trek to the top of the three Welsh peaks.

Bosses at Medic Malawi say they have been delighted with the ‘great’ response to the event which will raise thousands of pounds for the charity.

But it said there were still places left for the fundraiser and urged as many people as possible to take part.

Stephen Drew, who runs the charity, said: “This is the first time we have hosted the Three Peaks challenge. It follows on from last year’s Big Climb, which saw people walk to the top of Wales’s highest mountain, Snowdon and raise thousands of pounds for charity at the same time.

“We wanted to do another fundraiser this year on the back of the success of last year’s event.

“We were keen to make it a challenge for some and less strenuous for others We wanted it to be something that people of all ages could take part in.”

The Three Welsh Peaks Challenge is on September 28 and 29 and involves walks up Snowdon, Cadair Idris and Pen y Fan.

Mr Drew said: “I would encourage anyone to take grab their walking boots and sign up. They can be sure that every penny that they raise for Medic Malawi goes straight to the charity to fund its work in the African country.

He said: “The beauty of this challenge is that people do not need to be put off by having to climb all three peaks.

“They can attempt one, two or three depending on their fitness level. What is most important is they have fun whilst raising money for a worthy cause.”

Last year the money raised went towards the funding of the community and to helping to buy life-saving drugs at St Andrew’s Hospital in the Mtunthama region of Malawi.

Hamish Armytage, an experienced and qualified Mountain Leader, who runs his business Mountain Philosophy from Market Drayton, led the trek last year and will be leading and co-ordinating this year’s event.

Mr Armytage said: “The enthusiasm and determination of the Medic Malawi walkers last year was fantastic and I had no hesitation in leading their trip again this year.

“I know some will take on the three peaks and enjoy every minute of it, whilst others will enjoy just one of the three which is great.

“Walking is a very personal challenge and regardless of ability and fitness everyone can do something to contribute to such a fundraising effort such as this.”

For more information about the fundraiser email Mr Drew at [email protected] or for more information on the charity work visit www.medicmalawi.org

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